INTERACTIVE: How Congress is leaning on Syria strike


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Though a diplomatic solution may be within reach to safeguard against chemical weapons use in Syria, President Barack Obama may stand by his request that Congress authorize the use of force. The Obama administration says Syrian President Assad used chemical weapons in an attack near Damascus on Aug. 21. The Senate had scheduled a vote on striking for Wednesday, Sept. 11, but Majority Leader Harry Reid delayed it. The House of Representatives has not yet scheduled a vote.

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